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Agrobiodiversity custodians honoured and more

May 26, 2010

It was certainly nice to be able to go along to the La Settimana della Biodiversita event, organised by Bioversity International and partners, at the weekend. It is just unfortunate that more people did not turn up to some of the sessions as they were exceptionally good. The award ceremony to acknowledge  ‘Custodians of Diversity in the Mediterranean’ was in many ways quite moving, though it seemed that you needed a university education to qualify. Maybe you did, I have no idea what the criteria was but I was wondering where the farmers where? Anyway, over at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog they have a nice story on one of the custodians.  The panel discussion which preceded these awards was somewhat less moving listening to the meanderings of the EU representative and GFAR trying to articulate a new paradigm for international agricultural research (haven’t they heard about farmer first 30 years ago?). Not to worry, it was all back to normal on Sunday morning with a very well moderated panel discussion on biodiversity, climate change and indigenous people. Well done everyone involved!

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